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White Sox invite 15 players to spring training
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 1/14/2010 2:27 PM | Updated: 1/14/2010 6:00 PM

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Gordon Beckham was invited to the White Sox' training camp last spring and he made the most of the opportunity.

The Sox' top prospect played in 16 Cactus League games and batted .270 with 2 home runs, 5 doubles and 6 RBI.

After playing just 45 games with Class AA Birmingham and AAA Charlotte, Beckham arrived in the major leagues on June 4, batted .270 with 14 HR, 28 doubles and 63 RBI in 103 games with the White Sox and finished fifth in American League Rookie of the Year voting.

Is there another Beckham on the horizon for the Sox in 2010?

On Thursday, the White Sox extended spring training invites to four of their top minor-league players - outfielders Jordan Danks and Jared Mitchell and infielders Brent Morel and C.J. Retherford.

Danks, younger brother of Sox starting pitcher John Danks, batted .266 with 23 doubles, 9 home runs, 41 RBI and 75 runs scored in 103 games with Class A Winston-Salem and Birmingham last season.

In the Arizona Fall League, the 24-year-old outfielder batted .343.

Mitchell, the Sox' first-round draft pick last year, batted .296 with 12 doubles, 2 triples and 10 RBI in 34 games with Class A Kannapolis.

Morel batted .281 with 33 doubles, 16 home runs and 79 RBI with Winston-Salem last season and the 22-year-old third baseman followed up with a league-leading .435 average in the AFL.

Retherford batted .297 with Birmingham and led the minor leagues with 46 doubles.

The Sox also agreed to terms on minor-league contracts with a pair of right-handers who spent time in the majors last season.

Daniel Cabrera was a combined 0-6 with a 6.00 ERA for Arizona and Washington. Greg Aquino was 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA with Cleveland.

The White Sox invited the 6-foot-9 Cabrera and Aquino to training camp, along with pitchers Ryan Braun, Charlie Leesman and Erick Threets, catchers Donny Lucy, Josh Phegley and Miguel Gonzalez, infielder Freddie Bynum and outfielders Jason Botts and Josh Kroeger.

Pitchers and catchers report to the White Sox' spring training camp in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 21. Position players report on Feb. 26.